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Accidents at Grade Crossings during the Year ended December 31, 1918.

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The totals for 1917 include 3 protected crossings on the Nantucket railroad which road has since been abandoned.

Includes 2 persons killed at crossings ordinarily protected, but unprotected at time of accident. 2 Includes 3 persons injured at crossings ordinarily protected, but unprotected at time of accident. 3 Unprotected.

NOTE.

Trespassers.

The total number of trespassers killed during the year ended December 31, 1918, was 73, the number of trespassers injured was 26. During the year ended June 30, 1917, 145 trespassers were killed and 37 injured, while the average number killed and injured annually for the preceding five years was 153 and 57, respectively.

The character of accidents to trespassers during the year ended December 31, 1918, is shown by the following:

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Three persons were reported killed and 2 injured during the year, classified as follows:

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In addition to the above, 3 persons were reported killed during the year, whose proper classification in the reports of accidents was indeterminable.

RAILWAY STATISTICS.

Annual returns for the year ended December 31, 1918, have been received from forty-nine railway companies and returns to the dates of abandonment were received from two companies. Returns have also been received from the receiver of the Bay State for the year ended December 31, 1918, and from the receivers of the Bristol County Property to March 14, 1918. This latter property was sold to the Taunton & Pawtucket at a receivers' sale in 1904 and was again sold at receivers' sale in 1918. A total of fifty-three returns were received. A joint return of the corporation and the receiver of the Plymouth & Sandwich was received and is included in the above number.

COMPANIES ADDED TO THE LIST.

During the year one new company was organized and added to the list, namely, the A. B. C., which company purchased a part of the Taunton & Pawtucket.

COMPANIES DROPPED FROM THE LIST.

During the year three companies have been dropped from the list, the Marthas Vineyard, Oak Bluffs and the Taunton & Pawtucket. The Marthas Vineyard and Oak Bluffs companies have been dissolved and the properties sold; the property of the Taunton & Pawtucket was sold and a new company formed, as above stated.

OPERATION OF COMPANIES.

There were at the end of the year forty-nine existing companies; of this number, thirty-one operated their railways the whole year, four operated part of the year and fourteen were operated under lease or contract by other companies.

RAILWAY MILEAGE.

New Mileage.

There was a decrease during the past year in the mileage of the Massachusetts companies of 47.906 miles of street railway line, and an increase of 3.548 miles of second track, making a total decrease of 44.358 miles of main track. There was also an increase of .286 of a mile of side track, making a total decrease of 44.072 miles reckoned as single track.

Mileage Owned.

The Massachusetts companies now own 2,311.518 miles of street railway line, 535.447 miles of second main track and 204.692 miles of side track, making the total length of track owned, reckoned as single track, 3,051.657 miles. All the track owned is surface street railway track, with the exception of 16.804 miles of elevated line and 16.580 miles of elevated second track. Of the sidings, all are surface track, with the exception of 9.897 miles of elevated track. All the elevated track is located in the cities of Boston and Cambridge.

Mileage Operated.

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The total miles of main track (including trackage rights) operated was 2,913.293, a decrease of 94.548 miles from the previous year.

The Bay State leases and operates the Newport & Fall River, located in Rhode Island, having a mileage of 22.800 miles of main and second track. The Berkshire leases and operates The Vermont Company, having a mileage of main track of 26.660 miles, located in Vermont. The Massachusetts Northeastern owns, leases and operates 43.810 miles of main and second track, located in New Hampshire. Accordingly, 93.270 miles of main and second track are operated outside of this Commonwealth.

STATISTICS.

The following compilations of statistics are from the returns of the several street railway companies to the Commission for the year ended December 31, 1918.

The following table gives the length of railway line and track and total reckoned as single track returned by the companies for the year ended December 31, 1918, as compared with the previous year:

Street Railway Mileage Owned December 31, 1917 and 1918.

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COMPARATIVE GENERAL BALANCE SHEET.

In any examination for purposes of comparison between the report here following and reports prior to 1914, it must be distinctly understood that by reason of the adoption by the Commission, under authority of law, of the form of return prescribed by the Interstate Commerce Commission, the return now adopted differs substantially in principle from the return formerly in use under authority of the Commission. The assets and liabilities in the comparative general balance sheet of the companies, as returned December 31, 1918, have been tabulated and the increase or decrease in each class as compared with 1917 appears in the two following tables:

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